U.S. Rep. Fred Upton introduces "Keep Your Health Plan" act
US Rep Fred Upton (D-MI)
Patrick Center November 15, 2013 | WGVU On the House floor, U.S. Representative Fred Upton introduced his “Keep Your Health Plan” act after learning a quarter million Michiganders had received health insurance cancellation letters even after President Barack Obama had repeatedly told the public, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”
“This bill is to help provide peace of mind to people like the farmer in Bangor, Michigan who just found out after purchasing his family’s insurance for the past 30 years that he will be able to keep their plan no more. And the sticker shock will be unbearable as the premiums double and the deductibles jump nearly $3,000.”
The act goes one step further than the plan announced yesterday by President Barack Obama. It’s more of an extension allowing insurance companies to keep offering, for one year and to existing customers, plans that don't meet the standards of the new health care law. The House measure introduced by Upton would let those policies be offered to everyone.
“The president should heed his own advice and work with us, the Congress, as the founders intended not around the legislative process.”
Thirty-nine House Democrats joined Republicans in approving in approving the measure. It now goes to the Senate.
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